Grilled Honey Dijon Turkey Breast

Grilled honey dijon turkey breast recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
717 Calories
24g Fat
30g Carbs
93g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 717
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 301mg 100%
Sodium 5276mg 229%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 93g
Calcium 121mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love turkey and don't want to wait for Thanksgiving to have it, then this is the perfect recipe for you. The brining process really helps to enhance the flavor and the tenderness of the meat. This dish can be served with diced tomatoes or fruit salsa. Slice and serve over salad, on pasta, or use in sandwiches and wraps.


  • For the Turkey:
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml black pepper (ground)
  • 1 tablespoons/15 ml cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml ginger (minced)
  • 1 turkey breast (skinless, boneless, and cut in half)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • For Honey Dijon Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons/45 ml honey
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 ml Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons/10 ml balsamic vinegar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for grilled honey dijon turkey breast
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  2. Combine the salt, sugar, pepper, cinnamon, and ginger along with 1 cup of water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add in 3 cups of cold water to make turkey brine.

    Add pepper
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  3. Place turkey in a resealable container or plastic bag, add minced garlic and brine, seal and allow to rest in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

    Place in plastic bag
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  4. Preheat grill to medium heat.

    Preheat grill
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  5. Combine the honey, chipotle, mustard, and vinegar in a bowl.

    Combine chipotle and honey
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  6. Remove turkey from refrigerator and discard brine mixture. Place turkey on grill rack and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once.

    Remove turkey
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  7. Baste with honey-Dijon glaze during cooking process.

    Baste with honey-dijon glaze
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  8. Turkey should be between 165 to 175 F when done. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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